‘Articles of Home’ Asuf Ishaq

Articles of Home
Asuf Ishaq
2 to 22 February 2023
Reid Gallery, Reid Building, The Glasgow School of Art
Exhibition: *Mon-Sat, 10.00-16.30

Preview: Wed 1 February 2023, 17:00-19:00 (book via Eventbrite)

Image: “Mother” film still 2020, Asuf Ishaq

Articles of Home is the first solo exhibition in Glasgow by Birmingham-based artist Asuf Ishaq. His wide range of practice encompasses sculpture, video and sound which unravels personal narratives, emotions, sacrifices and adventure.

Ishaq draws on his experience of migration as a child and the stories of his parents of migration. He unfolds the geographical and cultural dislocation, by revisiting personal archives and reimagining the experience, weaving memories and imagined time, place and relationships. He incorporates land and soil, recognising the symbolic significance as both the beginning and endpoint; a transtemporal portal, an archive of migration. Articles of Home explores Ishaq’s personal journey of becoming, inventing and re-inventing himself, through film and installation. The exhibition is an entanglement of displacement, fragmented narratives and technologies, and a weaving of fiction and non-fiction to unravel and reimagine experience.

Ishaq’s film ‘Mother’ weaves relationships with his mother and unravels memories between their recollection, in a conversation centred around a fifty-year-old photograph. The photograph is treated as a family archive; an object that carries its own story. The film ‘Tape Letter’ is reimagining the voice letter between his mother and her mother. ‘Not Quite Alive’ is a sculptural installation combining moving image, sculpture and sound. This work explores reinvention, hybridity and belonging, with an alien figure, waiting patiently, sitting near a monstrous seed. Ishaq’s sculpture ‘Becoming Nature’ is a representation of his own diasporic body. The body limb becomes a seed to plant in new soil in new ground. His recent film ‘Articles of Home’ is a commission by ICA London for Image Behaviour. It explores a geographical space of his mother’s home in Kashmir, Pakistan, that is submerged underwater for part of the year. During the dry season, the land is available for farming. ‘Articles of Home’ explores what happens when this space can only be accessed temporarily, just as a recollection of memories.

This exhibition was selected from an Open Call for proposals from GSA staff and students. Ishaq teaches on the BA (Hons) Sculpture & Environmental Art and Master of Fine Art courses at GSA.

Ishaq grew up in Birmingham and works between Birmingham, London and Glasgow. He graduated with MFA Fine Art from Goldsmiths College of Art in 2020. Recent exhibitions include Image Behaviour film commission from ICA London (2021-22); Bloomberg New Contemporaries at South London Gallery and Firstsite in Colchester (2021-22); Grounding online group film screening at Goldsmiths CCA (2021); Inside the Country of the Skin, Stryx Gallery, Birmingham (solo) (2021); The London Open exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery (2022).

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The exhibition is free to attend and there is no need to book. For further information or to book to attend the Preview please see Eventbrite.

*Please note the exhibition will be closed on Monday 13 February.

Conditions of Carriage, Curated by Council Baby and Robert McCormack

Conditions of Carriage 
Curated by Council Baby and Robert McCormack
6 to 21 January 2023
Reid Ground Floor Corridor

Visit: Mon-Sat, 10:00 – 16:30

Preview: 17:00-19:00, Fri 13 January 2023 (book via Eventbrite)

Conditions of Carriage is a documentation of two experimental drawing workshops led by Robert McCormack and Council Baby, which were staged on the iconic Glasgow SPT subway in 2022 as part of the Close of Play: Climate Emergency and Creative Action series. During the workshops, at each subway station, participants were tasked with a variety of drawing exercises to carry out in transit. Experimental drawing developed the 24 participants’ speed and accuracy across the two sessions. The exhibition includes several sketchbooks and drawings resulting from the workshops, documentation of the sessions and artwork by Scottish sculptor, Council Baby. 

Robert McCormack is an artist, curator, and educator living and working in Glasgow. Recent curatorial projects include Graduate Drive-Thru, an exhibition staged on the top story of a car park, and Open Cut, a graduate exhibition at Transmission gallery. Robert holds a fine art degree from The Glasgow School of Art and an Alt Masters from the New Art school where he worked under artist Karla Black. Alongside his projects, Robert works at a Special Education school which supports and informs his practice. 

Council Baby (b. 1997) is a Scottish artist based in Glasgow, born in Edinburgh. Her work is autobiographic, part sarcasm and deals with addiction, rage and grief. Poems and drawings created whilst exploring liminal spaces like train stations, airports and telephone boxes act as the starting point for her work. In 2016, Council gained a 3-year educational grant from rail freight company EWS to support her Sculpture and Environmental studies at The Glasgow School of Art. She produced an arts programme during a summer residency in New York; facilitated an arts project at Glenochil Prison and worked night shifts at a local taxi call centre. Council won the 2022 RSA Benno Schotz Prize for her sculpture The Best Thing to Come Out of Edinburgh is the Train to Glasgow and has exhibited in the Royal Scottish Academy, Otherlands Festival, and the Briggait.

This exhibition is supported by GSA Exhibitions and GSA Sustainability following workshops in 2022 which were part of GSA’s Close of Play: Climate Emergency and Creative Action series, which was set up to explore the ways in which creative actions and multi-disciplinary practice can address climate emergency, sustainability, and climate justice.

ON SONOROUS SEAS: DOCUMENTATION

Mhairi Killin
In collaboration with Fergus Hall, Tom deMajo, Miek Zwamborn and Susie Leiper
On Sonorous Seas
26 November 2022 – 17 December 2022
Reid Gallery, The Reid Building, The Glasgow School of Art

Documentation on Flickr of the exhibition.

'On Sonorous Seas,' Mhairi Killin, in Reid Gallery

Photos: Alan Dimmick

See here for more information about the exhibition.

On Sonorous Seas was commissioned by An Tobar and Mull Theatre, where the exhibition was first presented in July/August 2022.

EXHIBITION INFO: ON SONOROUS SEAS

Mhairi Killin
In collaboration with Fergus Hall, Tom deMajo, Miek Zwamborn and Susie Leiper
On Sonorous Seas
26 November 2022 – 17 December 2022
Preview: Fri 25 November 17:00-19:00 (Book via Eventbrite)
Exhibition: Mon – Sat, 10:00-16:30
Reid Gallery

Mhairi Killin, ‘On Sonorous Seas’ Photo: Shannon Tofts

The story of On Sonorous Seas began with a whale carcass that came ashore in August 2018 at Traigh an t-Suidhe/Strand of the Seat, at the north end of the Isle of Iona, where artist Mhairi Killin lives. What became of the whale is a story told with the voices of science, art, music and poetry. It interrogates the power of, and reliance on, sound as a survival tool for both the whales and the military, and the complex relationship between the militarisation of Scotland’s seas and their existing ecosystems.

The Iona whale was one of over 45 badly decomposed Cuvier’s Beaked whales that washed up on the shores of several Hebridean islands in August 2018. At the same time, another 23 whales were stranded on the West coast of Ireland, and scientists have been investigating this ‘unique mortality event’ in relation to the increased presence of military sonar activity in the area around Porcupine Bank, as confirmed by the Royal Navy in September 2021.

Finding out why the Iona whale had died led the artist on a journey into the tangled overlay of two cryptic environments; the habitats of the military and the habitats of deep diving whales. It took her on a ten-day sea voyage aboard the Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust (HWDT) research vessel, The Silurian, during the largest tactically-focussed, NATO-led, military exercise in Europe – Joint Warrior – and immersed her in a pelagic world of sound. During this time Killin and HWDT scientist Becky Dudley, collected sound and visual data using hydrophones and computer software. 

Mhairi Killin, On Sonorous Seas, A Constellation of Strandings. Photo: Sarah Darling

Fascinated by what happened to the whales, Killin reached out to other people who’d encountered them after the stranding. The skull of one particular Cuvier’s Beaked whale, which washed up at Bragar on the Isle of Lewis, is a powerful focal point in the final work. Cast silver ear bones taken from 3D scans of one of the stranded whales, create a constellation in the gallery – mapping the positions where the whales came ashore around the islands of Iona, Mull, Coll and Tiree.

Mhairi Killin, On Sonorous Seas, Cast silver ear bone, Photo: Sarah Darling

The central video piece, A Constellation of Strandings, was created in collaboration with digital artist Tom deMajo (Biome Collective), with a new composition by Fergus Hall. Composed almost entirely from hydrophone recordings of orca calls, dolphin clicks and whistles, mid range active military sonar and boat engines made during Killin’s research trip on the Silurian, Hall has created an accompanying soundscape across 6 movements, featuring vocals from Lea Shaw.

Mhairi Killin, On Sonorous Seas, A Constellation of Strandings. Photo: Sarah Darling

Dutch-born and Mull-based poet and artist Miek Zwamborn wrote a poem as an elegy and requiem for the whales, with calligraphy by artist Susie Leiper on loose leaf papers imprinted with impressions of whale bones gathered during the stranding event.

Killin produced a podcast series which explores both the research behind the project and these collaborations. All six episodes are available online www.onsonorousseas.com

The Nature Library has curated a selection of reading materials that respond to the themes of the exhibition.

Mhairi Killin lives on the Isle of Iona, in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, where she works with the precious relationships between land, sea, humans, and other living beings. Her practice explores the island landscapes that surround and are her home, and she seeks to understand how belief structures – religious, mythopoeic, and socio-political – have shaped the physical and metaphysical spaces she journeys through.

On Sonorous Seas was commissioned by An Tobar and Mull Theatre, where the exhibition was first presented in July/August 2022. The project was funded by AN Bursaries, VACMA Award/Creative Scotland, CHArts and The Space CIC with support from Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust, Scottish Assoc for Marine Science, National Museums Scotland, Scottish Marine Animal Strandings Scheme. Thanks to Innis & Gunn for their support of the Preview at GSA.

*All cetacean species found in Scottish waters are classed as European protected species and a Nature Scot license is required to use/collect their remains. Mhairi Killin is covered by a Nature Scot license to carry out this project.*

EXHIBITION INFO: HOCK AUN TEH, ‘EXPANDING TRADITIONS’, REID GALLERY

Expanding Traditions, Hock Aun Teh
1 October to 29 October 2022
Mon – Sat, 10:00-16:30
Reid Gallery, The Reid Building, The Glasgow School of Art
Preview: Friday 30 September 2022, 17:00-18:00 / 18:00-19:00 / 19:00-20:00 (book your preferred time slot/s)

Hock-Aun Teh, What Do You Make Of This One, Darling?

“Art derives from life. My art is about humanity and about my true self, my energy, and my emotional response to both the phenomenal changes of Nature and all the lives that exist in it.” Hock Aun Teh

Hock Aun Teh (郑傅安) (b. Malaysia), was the first graduate of The Glasgow School of Art’s Drawing and Painting Department from Asia, (studying 1970-1974).

“I would like to dedicate this exhibition to my former school, which nurtured me as a student, as I wish my work to be a new inspiration to all students.” Hock Aun Teh.

Teh was born to Chinese parents and grew up in Sungei Gedong, a remote village in Malaysia and did not know where Glasgow was until he applied for a visa. He was trained originally in Malaysia focusing in traditional Chinese ink painting, focusing on birds, bamboo, flowers and landscapes with waterfalls. Teh considers his work contains four different cultural elements: his sense of colour which is bright and strong, and is unmistakably tropical; the calligraphic effect, which is Chinese; the materials, which are Western and his techniques, which are unique and personal to his ways of working.

“As ever, Hock Aun is breaking new ground. His art has gone through several transformations over many decades, most recently springing from what Wordsworth called ’emotion recollected in tranquillity’… [Teh] goes to his studio, looks at a bare canvas, and waits for the feelings to come – sensations of lightness or weight, direction or diffusion, explosion or concentration.” Julian Spalding, Expanding Traditions, Hock Aun Teh, (2022).

Expanding Traditions showcases a selection of recent paintings by Hock Aun Teh, as well as earlier works including sketchbooks from his time studying at The GSA in the 1970s. An exhibition catalogue featuring essays by Hock Aun Teh and Julian Spalding has been produced on the occasion of the exhibition. The catalogue is available for sale (cash sales only) in the Reid Gallery, and a digital version can be viewed here.

Hock-Aun Teh, The Moment of Living, 2022

Artist Bio

Hock Aun Teh lives and works in Glasgow and is represented by Patrick Davies Contemporary Arts, London. He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions around the world and in 2019, to mark his achievements, the Chinese Government named an arts centre after him – the Hock Aun Teh Arts Centre in DongLi Village, Fujian Province.

Hock Aun Teh’s works are in collections including GOMA, The Bulgarian National Art Gallery for Foreign Artists, and The National Art Gallery of Malaysia. He holds Black Belt 6th Dan in Taekwon-Do and is the Grandmaster and Founder of Tukido.

Hock-Aun Teh, Arguing Is Bad For Your Sex Life

Expanding Traditions is free to attend and there is no need to book. For information and booking for the Preview see Eventbrite.

This exhibition is curated by Clare Cannon, who works in the School of Design at The Glasgow School of Art.

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ROOM: DOCUMENTATION

Room
30 July to 13 August 2022
Reid Gallery, The Reid Building, The Glasgow School of Art

Esyllt Lewis, Technoleg Gwyblodau, 2022, 05:29
Documentation of ‘Room’, Reid Gallery, 2022. Photos: Alan Dimmick

Documentation of the exhibition by 2020 graduates of the MLitt Fine Art Practice at The Glasgow School of Art, featuring painting, printmaking, drawing, textiles and performance from: Mousa AlNana, Alanna Blake, Louise Emily, Svetoslava Georgieva, Hayley Harman, Claire Kidd, Le Liu, Esyllt A Lewis, Georgie Mac, Niamh McGuinness, Harriet Orrey-Godden, Suri Park Woo and Vivian Ross-Smith.

See here for more information about the exhibition.

HAPPY TIDE WILL FLOOD AGAIN: DOCUMENTATION

Happy Tide Will Flood Again
25 June to 9 July 2022
5 Florence Street, Glasgow, G5 0YX

Documentation on Flickr of the exhibition featuring work from 2020 MFA graduates of The Glasgow School of Art, including: new drawing, painting and sculpture from Ragini Chawla; new film and objects by Fionn Duffy; a new total installation by Ayla Dmyterko; new painting work by Sooun Kim; new drawings and photographs by Ali Lotz; new installation by Lillian Ross-Millard; a video work by NNNull; new sculpture from Émilie Peyre Smith; new sculpture from Ned Pooler; a new installation from Rodrigo Nava Ramírez; new video installation by José Carlos Rivera; a new film by Wei Zhang; and a conceptual art piece by Lars Schmidt who graduated in 2020 from the MLitt Fine Art Practice (Performance pathway).

Fionn Duffy,

Photos Alan Dimmick and artists own.
See here for more information about the exhibition.